Writing to Keep from Writing: You’re Allowed to Call it a Book

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When I’m working with a client I already think they’re talented. There’s no point in being a writing coach if I can’t believe in the product that I’m working on. This means that a great deal of my job is Continue reading Writing to Keep from Writing: You’re Allowed to Call it a Book

What to Read When You’re Writing

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I recently had a discussion with a client about what they read. To be more specific it was about what they thought they should be reading. I think what they were asking me was what they should read to help Continue reading What to Read When You’re Writing

Writing to Keep from Writing: Step One is Admitting There’s a Problem

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One thing that I’ve come across with online writing groups is the idea that all words are created equal. There are whole communities that are dedicated to writing X number of words in any given time-frame. It almost feels as Continue reading Writing to Keep from Writing: Step One is Admitting There’s a Problem

Sample from Client: Before and After

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Below is the opening of the book that one of my clients is working on. Her first draft reads as follows: Siebenkas was not as young as he had once been. Seeing his bed in the barely dawn blue lead Continue reading Sample from Client: Before and After

Skill Acquired: Writing Coach

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Currently I’m working with a friend as my beta writing coaching client. We got together to do it on a whim, really. I mentioned that I loved their characters and universe; they mentioned that they wanted to have strangers read Continue reading Skill Acquired: Writing Coach

Underwhelmed by Final Fantasy XV

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Recently I finally had a chance to download the FFXV demo. While the removal of all the female characters was a huge ding for me, I was still hoping for some magic. I’ve been a fan of this series since Continue reading Underwhelmed by Final Fantasy XV

Back to Basics: A Blog Slowdown

Sometimes it’s good to pull back into yourself and refocus. Things in our life have changed dramatically in the past month. It’s all good things, don’t worry, but I suppose I sat myself down and came to terms with a Continue reading Back to Basics: A Blog Slowdown

Spring Break!

gotta clean out the cobwebs and dust out the workshop. Posting resumes April 3rd!! 😀 Still playing with monster designs #lilydoodles A photo posted by Lily Xavier (@lily.d.xavier) on Feb 29, 2016 at 10:27am PST Lily Xavier on Google+

Inspiration Board: Merrick

Merrick’s one of my reoccurring characters, you can find him in both the Roostverse and very prominently in Last Arrival along with a shared universe and story called Jealous of Heroes with Mraoulee. He’s soft spoken, reserved and a bit Continue reading Inspiration Board: Merrick

New Guest Spot: Dressing the Spectrum

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My wife and I are a pretty A+ team, if I do say so myself. Her blog, Dressing the Spectrum, is all about fashion for those who don’t feel welcome by it. She strives for inclusivity and to showcase people Continue reading New Guest Spot: Dressing the Spectrum